Spain is one of the best European countries for diving. Catalonia arguably offers the best diving. Here, you can find a wide range of wrecks, underwater mountains and corals in a warm and safe environment.
Costa Brava, is the most popular dive destination in Catalonia. Here divers will find Los Ullastres, a series of three underwater peaks; the Medes Islands with their protected seabed; Cap de Creus, the first Maritime Terrestrial Nature Reserve of Spain; and the Formigues Islands which host a long history of shipwrecks. To the south of Girona, the major metropolitan area of Barcelona also hosts several dive sites.
Just twenty minute’s drive from the city, divers will find a wide variety of underwater habitats including underwater meadows, cliff faces and a couple of shipwrecks.
Diving in Catalonia is possible year-round, although winter temperatures are a bit cooler than those felt during the hot summer months. Water temperatures average from 60-75°F (16-24°C) throughout the year. Most diving takes place from a boat, although in certain areas a limited number of shore dives are possible.
If you are interested in diving Spain, consider Catalonia as your destination. It has some of the best and most diverse dive sites, but is far less crowded than other area’s of the Spanish coast.
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Barcelona International Airport is a European hub that welcomes flights from around the world. It is also possible to fly into Girona Airport, Reus Airport or Lleida Airport. Many visitors additionally arrive by train or bus from elsewhere in Spain or Europe.